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Bugs vs. Drugs: The Pharmacist’s Challenge Podcast
  
Overall Program Overview
This 12 episode podcast series is based on the CE Clinical Jeopardy interactive symposium held during the 42nd ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2007. The series provides a clinically-focused overview of issues related to bacterial resistance and addresses how antimicrobial stewardship tactics can improve the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents.

Topics of importance include:
  • Current resistance trends for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria
  • Optimized dosing of antimicrobials using pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • The clinical pharmacist’s role in achieving positive patient outcomes while minimizing the risk of resistance development
This podcast series is grouped into two CE activities with six episodes per activity.
There is no fee to participate in these educational activities.

Please Note
The 12 episodes of this podcast are released weekly.
CE Activity 1 information was released on Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
CE Activity 2 information was released on Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
You may register and subscribe to this podcast now by clicking on the button in the top right corner of this page.
In order to receive CE credit, please follow the Method of Participation listed below.

Purpose Statement
The purpose of these activities is to address the major issues clinical pharmacists face when managing bacterial infections and appropriate antimicrobial use.

Target Audience
These activities were designed to meet the needs of hospital and clinical pharmacists who specialize in the area of infectious diseases, nosocomial infections, and the optimal use of antimicrobial agents.

Faculty
David P. Nicolau, PharmD, FCCP
Director, Center for Anti-Infective Research & Development
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut

David S. Burgess, PharmD, FCCP
Clinical Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Robert P. Rapp, PharmD, FCCP
Professor of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy
University of Kentucky Medical Center
Lexington, Kentucky

Disclosure Statement
Center for Independent Healthcare Education (the Center) requires faculty, planners, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of continuing education activities to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The Center has a process in place to resolve any conflicts of interest. All educational activities are thoroughly reviewed by the Center to ensure fair balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations. The faculty is further required to disclose any discussion of off-label or investigational uses in their presentations

Disclosures
Faculty
David P. Nicolau, PharmD, FCCP serves on the advisory boards and speakers bureau of AstraZeneca, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Cubist, Wyeth, and Pfizer, and he has received grant/research support from these same companies.

David S. Burgess, PharmD, FCCP serves on the advisory boards of Ortho-McNeil, Cubist, Wyeth, Forrest, and Astellas. He has received grants/research support from Ortho-McNeil, Merck, Wyeth, and AstraZeneca. He also serves on the speakers bureau of Wyeth and Ortho-McNeil.

Robert P. Rapp, PharmD, FCCP serves on the advisory boards and speakers bureau for Wyeth and Ortho-McNeil. He receives grant/research support from AstraZeneca and has served as Principal Investigator in clinical trials.

Planning Committee Members
Employees of Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Joint Sponsorship
This podcast is jointly sponsored by Center for Independent Healthcare Education and Vemco MedEd.

Commercial Support
This podcast is supported by an educational grant from Ortho-McNeil, Inc., administered by Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC.

Method of Participation
To receive credit for your participation in each CE activity, please complete the following steps:
  1. Review the CE information for all six episodes within the activity including the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosures
  2. Listen to and review each of the six episodes carefully.
  3. Complete the CE Post-test, selecting the most appropriate response to each question.
  4. Complete the CE Evaluation Form and Credit Information.
  5. Fax the Evaluation Form and Credit Information to (908) 450-3300 or mail to: Center for Independent Healthcare Education, 15 Hook Drive, Milford, NJ, 08848. Documentation of credit will be mailed within 6-8 weeks following receipt of materials.


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